Noon Solar

03.31.09

My friend and co-founded of Noon Solar, Jane Palmer will be speaking with her business partner, Marianne Fairbanks on Monday, April 6 at the Hyde Park Art Center about their amazing work.

Talking Point: Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks
Monday, April 6, 2009
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

An Evening with JAM and Noon Solar: Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks

Let’s talk about art, business, and sustainable design.

The two founders of Noon Solar, Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks, have backgrounds in fibers and textiles. They met in the graduate MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their company began as an art project in early spring of 2002 as a response to the impending war in Iraq. They were feeling powerless in the country’s decision making process and felt the US was largely going to war for oil. They came up with a solution to give people not only personal power, but to integrate renewable solar power into daily life.

Jane Palmer grew up in rural southern Appalachia. Her father is an inventor and scientist and her mother is a social worker, both of which have informed the way she lives and thinks. She attended Appalachian State University where she learned community based sustainable agriculture and other permaculture methods such as collecting rain water for bathing. She moved to Chicago in 1999 to attend the Art Institute for graduate school in the Fibers program. Since graduating she has collaborated on art projects and in business with Marianne Faribanks.

Marianne Fairbanks earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. She teaches Fibers and Material Studies at SAIC. She has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented at CAA in 2004 on the Contemporary Art and Sustainability panel. She has taken part in many exhibtions, including at the Museum of Sustainable Style, Chicago; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Puerto Rico 04, San Juan; C33 Columbia College Gallery, Chicago. She is a co-founder of the experimental art space Mess Hall in Chicago.

TalkingPoint is a monthly discussion group for artists, and others who appreciate art. The program is generously sponsored by a donation from Anstiss and Ronald Krueck. Beer and pizza provided by the Hyde Park Art Center, conversation provided by participants, like you. Bring a friend.

-via Hyde Park Art Center

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